This unmissable show is a time vessel of 1930 s America, from the Dust Bowl to Jean Harlow at the movies
A gigantic carry of Wrigleys gum wavers like a Zeppelin before the Manhattan skyline. The sky is sunny cobalt, the East river lies tranquil below. Here is the perfect gum( or so the slogan boastings) in an ideal imagination where everything is reduced to pristine rectangles, from the rising skyscrapers to the gum to the abstract thoughtfulness. Pop fused with minimalism three decades in advance: what a careening start to this show.
Charles G Shaw, otherwise known as one of the Park Avenue cubists, is not a mention on everyones lips. Indeed the majority of members of America After the Descent: Paint in the 1930 s comes as a revealing , not least because so little tasks have toured outside the US before. This is our first chance to see Grant Woods nightmarishly exuberant vehicle crash, in which a scarlet truck boomings over the hill towards an impending pile-up, or his great American Gothic , the long-faced pair standing sentinel before their famous wooden home.